It seems as though once authorities catch on to a common scam and begin warning the public about it, con artists quickly move on and develop a new one. That’s why we wanted to warn our readers of the latest con job that is circulating the phone lines.
If you receive a call regarding your Social Security number being “suspended”, hang up the phone immediately. This is always a scam, no matter what the person on the other end of the line is telling you. The Social Security Administration does not suspend Social Security numbers. This is not a situation that can even happen, so clearly these calls are not legitimate.
This scam is particularly tricky because the caller seems to be sincerely trying to protect you from a crime and claims to need more information from you in order to “protect” your information. But here’s what you need to know about such calls:
- The Social Security Administration does not call people to notify them of potential problems. They send letters in the mail.
- Con artists have developed computer systems that trick your caller ID into displaying “Social Security” or “US Government”. You can’t believe your Caller ID anymore, unfortunately.
- Never give out your Social Security number over the phone, no matter what. Don’t even confirm the last four digits.
- If anyone asks you for a payment, gift card, or money transfer over the phone is a scammer.
If you ever feel concerned about your Social Security status, you can call your local office and speak to a representative. As for identity theft in general, make sure to request a copy of your credit report once per year, review it carefully, and report any items that you don’t recognize.
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